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Old July 20th, 2007, 11:58 PM   #881
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New photo of Tukwila station

This weekend I'll check out the catenary construction again, and likely take some new pictures (assuming it's not too rainy, like today). Here's Sound Transit's latest photo of the week.

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Old July 21st, 2007, 02:57 AM   #882
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I found out that the busiest Sounder trains were the earliest ones! 5:45am from Tacoma, 4:20pm from Seattle. I was surprised by that. All the other trains were a little less than 2/3 full.

So with that, the newly added train this Fall will leave Tacoma at 5:00am, and from Seattle at 3:35pm. I thought they'd schedule later trains to accomodate those workers who either work late or sometimes have to stay late unexpectedly.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 11:57 PM   #883
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I found out that the busiest Sounder trains were the earliest ones! 5:45am from Tacoma, 4:20pm from Seattle. I was surprised by that. All the other trains were a little less than 2/3 full.

So with that, the newly added train this Fall will leave Tacoma at 5:00am, and from Seattle at 3:35pm. I thought they'd schedule later trains to accomodate those workers who either work late or sometimes have to stay late unexpectedly.
I'd imagine that when the earliest train is no longer the fullest, they'll add a later train. Did you find out what the schedule is likely to be for the train added right at the end of the year (as opposed to the one you asked about, which I presume is the September addition?)
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 12:01 AM   #884
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This weekend I'll check out the catenary construction again, and likely take some new pictures (assuming it's not too rainy, like today). Here's Sound Transit's latest photo of the week.

That's not an original station design. Unfortunately, the architects that are building your airport station were also some of the architects that built the stations for the Millennium Line in 2002.

Architect firm Hotson Bakker's, Sperling Station
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 09:31 PM   #885
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WTF!!!!!!!!!! Now it is not special anymore!

I have a question about Sound Transit light rail system. What their fares will be like? Will it included Metro service pass (e.i. metro buses, ferries, streetcars) too?
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www.seattletimes.com

Tukwila Station takes wing

Drivers heading to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport can finally see proof that light rail is on the way, a decade after voters approved a regional transit line.

Tukwila Station, three levels above ground, is almost finished.

Its angular roof evokes "airplanes, liftoff, the idea of elevation, the slope and wing of airplanes," said its architect, David Hewitt, of Seattle. The shape is like the "V" angle formed by two wings meeting at the fuselage of a jet.

But the most surprising spectacle is the view from the boarding platforms. Typically, people in the south suburbs look toward Mount Rainier for a directional landmark — but the panorama is to the north, of Mount Baker and Mount Pilchuck.

The glass-walled station will be illuminated at night, creating a beacon where Highway 518 meets International Boulevard South (Highway 99).

This is the line's only planned park-and-ride station, with 600 spaces, plus lanes for buses, shuttle vans, and "kiss-and-ride" users dropped off there. Unlike most other stations, which are designed to encourage walk-up use, the Tukwila Station could lure motorists off the highways.

Construction on the 16-mile, $2.7 billion line from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to the airport is more than two-thirds completed.

— Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times transportation reporter

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company


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Old July 24th, 2007, 04:50 AM   #887
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WTF!!!!!!!!!! Now it is not special anymore!

I have a question about Sound Transit light rail system. What their fares will be like? Will it included Metro service pass (e.i. metro buses, ferries, streetcars) too?
Fares will be the same as other Sound Transit fares - the same as ST Express buses. A PugetPass or FlexPass will be valid for its face value, as will, I believe, a transfer.
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Old July 24th, 2007, 04:52 AM   #888
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That's not an original station design. Unfortunately, the architects that are building your airport station were also some of the architects that built the stations for the Millennium Line in 2002.

Architect firm Hotson Bakker's, Sperling Station
Thanks for pointing that out. Tukwila isn't identical at all, though - it will have a covered mezzanine level. The image from that side of the station is misleadingly similar.
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Thanks for pointing that out. Tukwila isn't identical at all, though - it will have a covered mezzanine level. The image from that side of the station is misleadingly similar.
What's most important is the roof. It's near identical.
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What's most important is the roof. It's near identical.
So are those of most buildings. It's a good design.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 01:03 AM   #891
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Tukwila isn't identical at all, though - it will have a covered mezzanine level. The image from that side of the station is misleadingly similar.
Yeah! Plus they will paint it a different color.
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Yeah! Plus they will paint it a different color.
Right... just like houses...
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So are those of most buildings. It's a good design.
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I agree.

I forgot to mention here few weeks ago. I went to Cal Anderson Park and saw few Sound Transit crews took some soil testing behind of Vivance Coffeehouse. It is looking like they're preparing to start construction soon. They did some drillings to test soils. I read that light rail tunnel from Westlake Center to Husky Stadium will starts late 2008. I think they might start it early since they already did some soil testing.
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As far as I know, we haven't received the federal funding package that will allow the construction to go forward. It's not late, and it hasn't been denied, for the 2008 deadline, however. It just hasn't yet gone through the process.

Although it's nice that ST and the UW finally reached an agreement. They were hoping to get that squared away almost three years ago.
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As far as I know, we haven't received the federal funding package that will allow the construction to go forward. It's not late, and it hasn't been denied, for the 2008 deadline, however. It just hasn't yet gone through the process.

Although it's nice that ST and the UW finally reached an agreement. They were hoping to get that squared away almost three years ago.
They have received at least 16 million for final design, and both a 10 million and a 30 million dollar installment toward construction.
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2 car train begins testing under its own electrical power.

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Part I

Yesterday, Sequoias and I took a trip around Seattle metro area to look at the projects. We also looked at Sound Transit Light Rail project. I took the pictures of it. I apolopize for the quality of the pictures. I also took the pictures of Rainier Valley. You will be surprised how much Rainier Valley changed since light rail took the place. It is becoming a middle class neighborhood now. You guys should check this neigbhorhood out. These pictures that I took are from SODO to Sea-Tac International Airport.

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More pictures of the process of the Sound Transit Light Rail construction.







































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